No Leisurely Sunday - Private Snorkel Charter, a walk along the Caye, and a Night on the Town

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View about 6:45am before leaving on the trip

Uuuugh! After being out until after 2:30am, Silvina and I had to be up and out by 7am for our private charter.  We had agreed to go with my friends Mike and Michelle, who were meeting up with another couple in the hotel, Pat and Theresa.  We had the boat booked from 7am until 11:30 am to basically go where we wanted - there was discussion about checking for manatees, snorkeling off by Caye Caulker, and then whatever else we wanted to do.  Somehow, Silvina and I managed to drag ourselves out of bed and down in time for the arrival of our boat. 

Chris was our tour guide and he seemed really cool and easy going.  He started talking about how his cousin got married the day before to a girl from Las Vegas and we all started laughing.

Our guide Chris
  Sure enough, he's related to Bundy who got married and Mike and Michelle told him they were at the wedding! LOL. 

It was a pretty rough day on the water, lots of wind, and pretty choppy conditions. We headed to a split in the reef near Caye Caulker where the manatees sometimes hang out.  We searched for awhile but never saw a manatee anywhere. Boo!  We moved over a bit to the reef area and hit our first snorkel stop.  We got in the water and it was much colder than usual and I couldn't see a thing out of my mask. I thought perhaps I didn't put enough liquid soap on it but then Pat said to dive down a bit and visibility was great.  Sure enough, dove a little and it was warm water and perfectly clear.  Basically, we learned what a Thermocline is! The only thing is, I've always heard it's the opposite.

Group shot at lunch - Pat, me, Silvina, Mike, Michelle, and Theresa
...the water temperature decreases with depth, not vice versa! LOL  In any case, I was finally able to see stuff versus the weird wavy lines that I tried to rub from my mask!

Next we headed closer to Caye Caulker to a spot called Coral Gardens that is said to be a nice snorkeling spot.  We swam around there a bit - same issues with the decrease in visibility at the surface.  We did see some beautiful fish, many different ones than what I usually see on my trips out.  After that stop, we were all pretty tired after fighting the current and diving a lot in order to get pictures.  We still had some time on the boat but everyone was hungry since we left before breakfast was even being served at the bar so it was decided we would head back in a little early.

Me near Victoria House
 

**SNORKEL PHOTOS TO FOLLOW ONCE I GET THE UNDERWATER CAMERA DEVELOPED**

We got in around 10am and Silvina and I ran upstairs to freshen up a bit before heading over next door to the restaurant in hopes of more ceviche!  I did not realize how early it was when Silvina asked if they were open yet...I said yeah, they serve breakfast and lunch...did not realize it was 10:30am and no ceviche until 11am!! WAAAHHH!! We decided we would order something to tide us over until 11am and also try to sweet talk the waiter into seeing if they could make it early.  The chef agreed so we were in business!!  We decided to try an order of fryjacks while we were waiting though.....we keep hearing about them but no clue what they were so we decided to try them.

Love the cloud formations - this is back towards our resort
  It is hard to explain but they are just basically dough that has risen and become light and fluffy almost.  Served with butter or jam, they are rather tasty! 

Our ceviche arrived and it was even more splendid than the day before. There have been a few food shortages with the weather and economy issues.  One of the things that has been in short supply is the onion.  So, the first day on the ceviche, no real onion on it.  Today's was full of onions! YUM!!! As we were getting close to finishing up lunch,  in walked Mike, Michelle, Pat, and Theresa we had just been out with.  They sat at the table next to us and we hung out for a bit until they had to hurry and get their cab to head off to the airport, back to Iowa! 

Silvina and I decided to take advantage of the sun peeking out now and walked south on the beach to kinda check things out.

Silvina and I on the beach
  We had a really nice time just kinda catching up and taking photos of the scenery.  We stopped along the pier at Victoria House resort which made for some nice backdrop shots.  We headed back and decided to catch some rays before getting ready for dinner with Mike and Michelle.   As we were sitting at the bar checking out menus for various restaurants, up walks Russell the divemaster we ran into the night before at the costume party.  He's with his friend Giovanni who I recognized from prior years.  We hung out and had a drink or two and turns out they were headed to the same bar we were that night - the Tacklebox which has live music on Sundays. 

We parted ways, ran upstairs to get ready and headed off for a nice dinner at the Blue Water Grill with Mike and Michelle.

Victoria House dock and the sun disappearing
Poor Michelle had not been here yet as the last time we went for her brother's wedding two years prior, she was really sick and stayed home that night.  It's a great restaurant, a bit on the pricey side but the food is worth it.  We had a wonderful dinner when all of a sudden, it started pouring rain.  Silvina and I were worried as we needed to walk down the beach to get to the bar and had no umbrella or any type of jacket!!!  We waited it out for quite some time and it looked like a break so we all left the restaurant and said our goodbyes for the night.  Silvina and I hid under the cover of the hotel in hopes it would lighten some more but it ended up raining even harder - Mike and Michelle had to get caught in it either getting into the cab or when they got back to the hotel.
Mike, Michelle, me, and Silvina - dinner at Blue Water Grill
 

We wait another 20 minutes or so and decided to run......unfortunately, we should've run on the beach side versus the street as we ran down a dirt alley that got me caked in mud and landing in rather large potholes filled with water.  Yeah, by the time we reached the Tacklebox, we were a mess!!!   As we were running down the dock to get there, about 10 of the local Rasta guys were there trying to flirt with us, get us to hang with them, and we just kept running! LOL.  We got inside and tried to fix our hair and dry off a bit but it was rather futile.  The guy singing was good and the bar was pretty quaint.  I recognized it as it had been for sale the year before and my friends and ex and I joked about buying it....looking back on it, wish we had! LOL.

Silvina and I somewhat drenched after our run in the rain! LOL
 

About 1/2 hour after we were there, Russell showed up and introduced us to some more locals.  One guy Jermaine actually lived about 3 blocks from my parents house in Torrance at one point - pretty small world!  We chatted for a bit and then Giovanni showed up so we all went to listen to the band and watch the crazy local girls dance.  After a couple drinks, we moved over to another lounge called "Playa" - gotta love the name!!! LOL.  It was pretty dead so we decided to call it an early night and all parted ways. 

Fortunately the rain had stopped which made it easier getting back to the hotel and not getting drenched.  *Sigh* Hard to believe our second day in paradise was already over!!!

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View about 6:45am before leaving o…
View about 6:45am before leaving …
Our guide Chris
Our guide Chris
Group shot at lunch - Pat, me, Sil…
Group shot at lunch - Pat, me, Si…
Me near Victoria House
Me near Victoria House
Love the cloud formations - this i…
Love the cloud formations - this …
Silvina and I on the beach
Silvina and I on the beach
Victoria House dock and the sun di…
Victoria House dock and the sun d…
Mike, Michelle, me, and Silvina - …
Mike, Michelle, me, and Silvina -…
Silvina and I somewhat drenched af…
Silvina and I somewhat drenched a…
Storm clouds at 6:45am
Storm clouds at 6:45am
View back to our resort
View back to our resort
Headed back in...weather clearing …
Headed back in...weather clearing…
Silvina and I ready to go snorkeli…
Silvina and I ready to go snorkel…
Chris and Pat
Chris and Pat
Theresa and Chris in the back
Theresa and Chris in the back
Our beach and Terrys boat
Our beach and Terry's boat
FRY JACKS!!! :-)
FRY JACKS!!! :-)
Mas ceviche por favor!
Mas ceviche por favor!
Close up shot of the octopus for M…
Close up shot of the octopus for …
View of the dock from our hotel
View of the dock from our hotel
Our beach after lunch as the sun s…
Our beach after lunch as the sun …
Our room around noon time
Our room around noon time
Our beach around noon
Our beach around noon
Looks like its going to be a beau…
Looks like it's going to be a bea…
Our beach!
Our beach!
Silvina near Victoria House
Silvina near Victoria House
Bird enjoying the breeze
Bird enjoying the breeze
All the birds sitting on the dock …
All the birds sitting on the dock…
Looking off at Victoria House Pala…
Looking off at Victoria House Pal…
More birds on the dock remains
More birds on the dock remains
Enjoying Belize!
Enjoying Belize!
Victoria House dock
Victoria House dock
Silvina enjoying Belize! :D
Silvina enjoying Belize! :D
A few storm clouds remain
A few storm clouds remain
Another self shot attempt! LOL
Another self shot attempt! LOL
Beautiful breezy day
Beautiful breezy day
gorgeous palm tree
gorgeous palm tree
Clouds as the sun begins to set
Clouds as the sun begins to set
Me hanging out waiting for the rai…
Me hanging out waiting for the ra…
Silvina trying to stay dry so we c…
Silvina trying to stay dry so we …
Silvina and Russell - at the Tackl…
Silvina and Russell - at the Tack…
Giovanni and I at the Tacklebox
Giovanni and I at the Tacklebox
Ambergris Caye
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